GM’s North American President Alan Batey has confirmed that the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle will begin shipping to dealers in the fourth quarter of this year.
GM and Chevrolet have not yet released the vehicle’s expected range or price, so we still only know that it will have “more than 200 miles” range, and will be somewhere around $37,500 before incentives.
The Bolt EV is a crossover-type platform with seating for 5 and lots of interior space. Batey said “This is on the leading edge of technology. This is preparing ourselves for tomorrow and the future. This isn’t going to be the best-selling vehicle. It was never designed to be our best selling. This was designed for us to be able to get out, to be able to real world, to continue our leadership.”
GM is planning to sell the Bolt EV in all 50 States and in Canada, with other countries to follow in 2017. Some analysts predict sales of the Bolt could reach 30,000 in 2017.
Batey also mentioned that since the Bolt will be out before the Tesla Model 3, that will give them opportunity for 18 months of real world experience over the competitor’s vehicle.